Scheduling & Budgeting for Films

Movies live and die by their budgets. Once a screenplay is brought into development, whether it gets greenlit or not is all about money. Every line written into a script affects the cost of the film: locations, wardrobe, cast size, extras, set design, etc. Determining a film’s budget starts with the words on the page. Budget cuts start there. After the script is tight, then scheduling and budgeting software helps a producer determine the final film budget.

Writers on the Web: Crowdfunding Advice from Award-Winning Filmmaker and founder of POTA, Cindy Baer

Befuddled by financing? Confounded by crowdfunding? Perplexed by… okay, I’m going to quit while I’m ahead. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to interview Cindy Baer, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker and co-founder of Patron of the Arts (POTA), a non-profit organization that believes that art and film are vital parts of a healthy...

Writers on the Web: Crowdfunding Your Web Series

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It’s time to get down to brass tacks, the nitty gritty, the bottom line. How are you going to fund your web series? As I suggested in my last article on Reverse Budgeting, you may be funding it yourself out of...

Writers On The Web: Ringleading Your Circus in Pre-Production

If you’ve never produced before, the process can become daunting and overwhelming quickly. One thing leads to another and costs and responsibilities can snowball into infinity before you know it. As the Producer of your web series, you are the Ringleader, the Big Kahuna, the Top Dog–the Buck Stops With You....

From The Lens: Choosing A Camera for Filmmaking

On a frosty winter day in Central Park, I reached into my backpack, to pull out a little silver camera– the Canon AutoZoom 814. It’s a consumer super 8mm film camera, designed to capture home movies in the late 60’s. Of course this wasn’t the 60’s, nor was it a home...

Indievelopment: The Crowdfunding Finish Line

See that image over there? That’s our Kickstarter page, the small corner of the web that has been the centre of my life for the past month, as of 5:48PM yesterday. $8,500 pledged of $8,500 goal. Funded. There are no sweeter words to a crowdfunder. You know that look you see on...